Māra Traumane

Māra Traumane is an art historian and curator, working as a researcher at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture of the Art Academy of Latvia. Her research focuses on neo-avant-garde and performance art practices in Eastern Europe after World War II. Currently she is writing her PhD dissertation, which is dedicated to the work of the artists’ group Workshop for the Restoration of Unfelt Feelings. From 2014 to 2017, she was a research fellow in the project “Literatur und Kunst vor Gericht: Fokus Osteuropa” (“Art and Literature on Trial: Focus Eastern Europe”) at the Seminar for Slavonic Studies at the University of Zürich. She is co-editor of the anthology Kunst vor Gericht. Ästhetische Debatten im Gerichtssaal (Art on Trial: Aesthetic Debates in the Courtroom, Matthes & Seitz, 2018, with Sandra Frimmel). Her articles on interdisciplinary art and performance in Eastern Europe, feminist readings of legacies of women artists, and disciplinary frameworks of Socialist Realism in Latvia have been included in several international book publications as well as in the journal ARTMargins.


Working with Peripheries: Workshop for the Restoration of Unfelt Feelings

In this essay, Māra Traumane guides readers through the diverse, interdisciplinary practice of the Riga-based collective Workshop for the Restoration of Unfelt Feelings (NSRD), which operated from the end of the 1970s until 1989. NSRD was involved in the avant-garde music scene as well as in architecture, and their activities ranged from concerts and the production of record albums to performances, writing, and video art.